16 January 1973
Bas Kast is a German writer. He studied psychology and biology at the University of Konstanz and with Marvin Minsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kast was a fellow of the prestigious Studienstiftung. After completing his studies, he refused a PhD position to devote himself to writing. Working as a freelancer first for the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit and other magazines, he later became an editor and reporter for the Berlin based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. His articles have earned him a number of national and international prizes. Kast has written four popular science books, all of which became best selling books that have been translated in numerous languages. He is a close friend of neuroscientist Christian Keysers.
- "Decisions, decisions...", Nature, 2001 May 10;411(6834):126-8.
- "The best supporting actors", Nature, 2001 Aug 16;412(6848):674-6.
- Axel-Springer-Preis 2002 for the article "What is Empathy?"
- European Science Writers Award 2006
- freshwater snail Tylomelania baskasti is named in honor of Bas Kast
- Revolution im Kopf (2003)
- Die Liebe und wie sich Leidenschaft erklärt (2004)
- Wie der Bauch dem Kopf beim Denken hilft (2007)
- Lauras Schweigen (2011) [Novel published using the alias Niels Nefarius]
- Ich weiß nicht, was ich wollen soll (2012)
- von Rintelen T. & Glaubrecht M. (2008). "Three new species of the freshwater snail genus Tylomelania (Caenogastropoda: Pachychilidae) from the Malili lake system, Sulawesi, Indonesia". Zootaxa 1852: 37-49. PDF.